|My memory of a love for photography starts as early as age 7. Using my father's Pentax Spotmatic during a family road trip to Cape Canaveral, I clearly remember taking photographs of an early rocket sitting on its launch pad. By 14, I had my own darkroom and was very fortunate to have a photography department in my high school. This gave me the tools to move on to Rochester Institute of Technology, where I gained a solid technical background in photographic illustration. Wishing to explore photography as fine art, I moved on to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I received a BFA in photography and sculpture in 1991.
The son of a travel agent, I was able to see and photograph East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia before "The Wall" came down. I've also traveled to Vietnam, Burma, Thailand, Ireland, Japan, Haiti, Canada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, England, France, Mexico, Cambodia, Austria, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and most of the 50 states.
My personal pursuits in photography have not waned. Though my subject matter is varied, the intensity and thought put into each project is the same. While my most recent work has been produced as digital prints from both color negatives and digital files, most of my work is done traditionally in a personal darkroom that I've maintained for the last 25 years. I regularly use alternative processes such as kallitypes, ambrotypes, cyanotypes, and orotones. My work in orotones has been included in the Getty Conservation Institute's Research on the Conservation of Photographs project.
My work has been a part of the Museum of Contemporary Photography's Midwest Photographers Project in Chicago and is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, TX. A recipient of an Illinois Art Council Fellowship and a Buhl Foundation Grant, I have also been featured in publications including Black & White Magazine, Photography Quarterly, Diffusion Magazine, Camera Arts Magazine and Photo District News 2007 and 2008 Photo Annuals. Recent exhibits include Photoeye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, The Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA, and The International Photography Festival in Lishui, China.